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Asthma

Also indexed as:Bronchial Asthma
Don’t let asthma knock the wind out of you. Asthma is a lung disorder characterized by sudden fits of wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Don’t let asthma knock the wind out of you. Asthma is a lung disorder characterized by sudden fits of wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Get some quick relief

    Use epinephrine (Primatene Mist) for short-term symptomatic relief of shortness of breath and wheezing

  • Try proven herbal remedies

    Boswellia extract (900 mg a day), ivy leaf extract (50 drops a day), or tylophora leaf (200 to 400 mg a day) may improve breathing; children should get one-half of these amounts or less, depending on body weight

  • Clean it up

    To avoid triggering asthma attacks, control household and workplace irritants such as dust, mold, smoke, chemicals, and animal dander, and dietary triggers like certain food additives

  • Keep a healthy body weight

    Shed extra pounds to improve breathing and decrease the need for medications

  • See an allergist

    Find a specialist to help you build tolerance to allergens

  • Talk to your doctor about inhalers

    Inhaled corticosteroids like flunisolide (Aerobid), triamcinolone (Azmacort), and fluticasone (Flovent HFA) that reduce inflammation; inhaled albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin) which provides immediate relief of symptoms; and combination products like salmeterol/fluticasone (Advair Diskus) are commonly prescribed

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.


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